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Posted in algebraic combinatorics, graph theory, representation theory, Uncategorized, tagged Catalan numbers, Chebyshev polynomials, Fourier transforms, Lie groups, representation theory of the symmetric group, walks on graphs on March 7, 2010 | 2 Comments »
Recently I asked a question on MO about some computations I’d done with Catalan numbers awhile ago on this blog, and Scott Morrison gave a beautiful answer explaining them in terms of quantum groups. Now, I don’t exactly know how quantum groups work, but along the way he described a useful connection between walks on graphs and tensor products of representations which at least partially explains one of the results I’d been wondering about and also unites several other related computations that have been on my mind recently.
Let be a compact group and let denote the category of finite-dimensional unitary representations of . As in the finite case, due to the existence of Haar measure, is semisimple (i.e. every unitary representation decomposes uniquely into a sum of irreducible representations), and via the diagonal action it comes equipped with a tensor product with the property that the character of the tensor product is the product of the characters of the factors.
Question: Fix a representation . What is the multiplicity of the trivial representation in ?
So this is my inaugural WordPress post. I was initially planning on completely transferring Annoying Precision over to WordPress, but upon further consideration I think it would be more interesting if I instead only transplanted some of the better posts (from the last three pages, say) and rewrote or attempted to consolidate some of the earlier ones.
In any case, here I am! I’ll try to write up some kind of a profile thing soon.